Tasting Events March-April 2019

posted by Tom Hemmingway on the 24th September 2018


Wednesday 4th March

Meet the Maker: Felton Road

Join us on Wednesday 4th March for a showcase of the wines of Central Otago from Felton Road at Franks Canteen accompanied by a Cheese and Charcuterie selection. £25

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Wednesday 11th March

Big Tasting: The Wonderful World of Natural Wines Wednesday

Join us on Wednesday 11th February for our Big Natural Wine Tasting. We’ll be showing off 15 of our favourite natural wines in a relaxed and informal atmosphere alongside pizza from Yard Sale Pizza! £20

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Wednesday 22nd April

An Evening with Steven Spurrier: The Judgement of Highbury

Join us for the “Judgement of Highbury”, a showdown between the regions of the Old and New World that go beyond the old French-American rivalry, at Franks Canteen accompanied by a Cheese and Charcuterie selection. Hosted by wine legend Steven Spurrier. £30

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We are hiring!

posted by Tom Hemmingway on the 23rd October 2019

We are an award-winning independent wine merchant with over 1400 wines and a vast range of spirits and beer. We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service, which has helped us secure a loyal customer base. Recently acquired by JN Wine, this is an exciting time to join the team with plans for growth and increased investment in the months ahead. We are looking for driven, ambitious individuals with original ideas to join our growing company.

The Role: Wine Sales Person

In this role, you will be responsible for growing wine sales and assisting in every aspect of day-to-day store operations. You will gain training and experience in all areas of the business with WSET Level 4 Diploma Sponsorship after six months.

The Candidate

You will be highly motivated, have a deep understanding of excellent customer service, commercially aware, as well as being friendly and approachable. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss wine with customers and broaden your tasting experience through in-store tastings (training, buying and customer tastings).

You will have:

Previous experience in retail or sales
Passion for wine and desire to learn
Excellent customer service skills
Physically fit and able to carry 12 bottles of wine
Fantastic communication skills – spoken and written
WSET Level 2 minimum (WSET Level 3 advantageous)
IT literacy (Office and ePOS experience)
UK resident and live within a reasonable travel time of Highbury
Full clean driving licence and comfortable driving a van
The role involves regular evening and weekend shifts.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to Tell us a bit about yourself and why you would suit the role.

Highbury Vintners joins the JN Wine Family

posted by Tom Hemmingway on the 6th September 2019

JN Wine Expands Growing UK & Ireland Portfolio
with Acquisition of Independent London Wine Retailer

We are delighted to announce that we have acquired independent wine retailer, Highbury Vintners, in a move that will expand our award-winning company’s footprint in the UK and Ireland market.

This carefully considered acquisition, based primarily on fit and a shared commitment to offering high quality wines from family and artisan wineries around the world, will see JN Wine invest considerably in Highbury Vintners.

The highly successful family-owned business, founded by John Sweeney, has been serving retail and online customers in the prestigious London borough for nearly four decades.

James Nicholson, Managing Director, JN Wine, said: “This is a strategic acquisition for JN Wine and one that has seen us work very closely over the last number of months with Sean and Gillian Sweeney behind the successful Highbury Vintners.

“There is a very strong team in place, and I personally look forward to welcoming each and every one of them to the JN Wine family. Alongside introducing new and interesting wines from the JN Wine portfolio, we have ambitious plans for growth that includes a refurbishment of the 1,500sqft retail outlet and increased investment in its digital presence in 2020.

The Highbury Vintners name and brand will be reinforced, ensuring its legacy continues.

“Perhaps most importantly, we will remain true to the offering and values that have made the business one of the most popular independent vintners in London with an excellent reputation for quality.”

Sean Sweeney, Director of Highbury Vintners, who has run the business since taking over from his father in 2003, added: “Very much like Highbury Vintners, JN Wine has a family and artisan wine-centred approach and a strong reputation for expert advice, which makes it an excellent fit. They will benefit from our expert team who have been a strong part of our success. Our loyal and valued customers, both retail and online, can also be confident that the additional quality offering from JN Wine, alongside excellent service, will keep the values upon which my father founded the business in 1981 alive. We wish them the very best wishes for the future.

“Gillian and I would also like to thank all the staff and suppliers who have been invaluable to the success of the business. We would like to offer a special thanks to all our customers who have made Highbury Vintners what it is today.”

JN Wine is an Independent wine merchant offering high quality wines sourced from family and artisan wineries around the world. The company, that was founded in 1977, supplies wine to the many of the finest restaurants and hotels across the island of Ireland and the UK. Founder James Nicholson prides himself on presenting the finest and most innovative wines from around the world, with a focus on sourcing sustainable, organically certified wines alongside multi-award-winning expertise.

The company’s headquarters are in County Down with additional facilities and an extensive high-end trade client list in Dublin and throughout Ireland. JN Wine also provides a home delivery service for wine lovers via its website. The company will also be adding extensively to Highbury Vintners’ online offering in the coming months.

Highbury Vintners is a multi-award-winning operation and notably was awarded Best Independent Wine Merchant in the coveted Drinks Retailing Awards 2017.

The acquisition of Highbury Vintners involved an investment by JN Wine and has been privately funded.

Bank holiday opening hours

posted by admin on the 1st May 2016

We are open on bank holidays from 12-6pm.